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Geneva′s First-Year Honors Program was part of what made my freshman year such a great experience. Getting to
know a unique group of students out of the freshman class was edifying and enriching in ways that I wasn't expecting, but that had a significant positive impact on me and my experience as a freshman." Mim, 2011
Each student selected will receive:
An additional five students will receive a $5,000 Honors Scholarship, to be applied toward financial aid during the first year.
Only students attending the Honors Program & Scholarship Competition Day will be considered for the First-Year Honors Program and Honors Scholarship.
Living & Learning Communities
Enjoy living, studying and “stretching” with other motivated learners on the honors floors of the freshman residence halls.
Participate in honors-only sections of core courses and in-depth discussion groups.
Superb Cultural Opportunities
Attend professional productions, such as the Pittsburgh Opera, Ballet, Public Theater and more with fellow first-year honors students—at no cost.
Fabulous Off-campus Retreats
Retreats at the beginning and end of your freshman year offer integrative learning and community-building experiences (and fun!).
The Next Level
Continue developing your gifts and calling in upper-level honors programs. The Young Scholars Program will deepen your understanding of how faith and learning intersect, while the Academic Partners Program enables motivated students to engage in advanced research or creative projects.
You will make lasting friendships in the First-Year Honors Program. You will find that you got more out of your first year of college because of the honor′s floor, retreats, seminars, cultural event, and honors section of Humanities. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to go through the Honors Program!” Sean, 2011
How to Apply
Students with a cumulative GPA ≥ 3.6 in conjunction with a SAT ≥ 1200 (critical reading and math) or ACT ≥ 27, who are accepted by January 11, 2016, are invited to the First-Year Honors Program and Scholarship Competition on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Students will be interviewed by a small, informal panel of faculty, staff and students, and will write an essay to be scored by a faculty panel. The 40 available positions in the program, as well as five $5,000 Honors Scholarships, will be decided from the results of the competition.
Students who are invited to participate in the First-Year Honors Program are expected to participate actively in all components of the program. They must also earn a 3.4 grade point average at the end of the first year to receive the Travel and Research Honorarium.
For More Information
Contact your admissions counselor or call the Geneva College Office of Admissions at 800-847-8255.